|Submitted||March 29, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:
An itemized list of all costs related to the FWS investigation and prosecution of Natalie Lowry.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
We will need you to fill out this statement to confirm your identity. Also,
can you provide little more information of the location of the incident
where the investigation happen, including year. We want to confirm we are
providing accurate information.
You can create letter along the lines below. We’ll need to have your
signature on file, and you can email the document to either Michael Jenkins
or myself. We don’t anticipate any fees associated with your FOIA
request. The quicker we get your request the quicker we can process it.
If you do not have a scanner, then you can type up the information, print
it, and use a smart phone to take a picture of the letter and forward it to
us via email as well. At the end of the letter, please identify your full
mailing address too.
I ___________ (Printed Name) hereby request a copy of the following
record(s) via the FOIA:
A copy of a ___________________________ relating to
___________________________ that was issued to me around the following time
period _____________________. I am willing to pay all fees associated with
the request and I should be considered In the “All Others” category for fee
I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of
America that the foregoing is true and correct, and that I am the person
named above, and I understand that any falsification of this statement is
punishable under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 by a fine of not
more than $10,000 or by imprisonment of not more than five years or both,
and that requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is
punishable under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552a(i)(3) by a fine of not
more than $5,000.
USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement
The file attached with this email serve as a final response to your Freedom
of Information Act request submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service's Office of Law Enforcement.
USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT APPEAL (Lowry-FWS-2016-00644)
I would like to appeal this decision. If an itemized list of the money spent on the investigation is not possible, then I will at this time accept a total amount to date - as a non-itemized total should in no way compromise your investigation or prosecution. Should this case go to trial, you will be legally required to share any evidence against me with my attorneys; as a result, I object to the assertion that the sharing of this information will negatively impact your case.
Because the US attorney in charge of my case has been previously reprimanded by a judge for misuse of public funds in other prosecutions (ie, spending indefensibly large amount of public money investigating minor crimes), I believe examining the costs involved in the investigation and prosecution of his other cases is of significant interest to myself, the media, the public, and our representatives.
Once this case is concluded, I will continue applying for an itemized report of the costs associated with my investigation and prosecution, so that every tax dollar spent can be examined. Because this information is of public interest, I plan on making it freely available to the media and public at large; as a result, I again request the FOIA fees be waived.
I have not yet received any reply to my appeal for the decision made regarding my FOIA request.
The digital appeal was made in writing via this website, and includes the record of all previous correspondences pertaining to this FOIA request - as stipulated in your appeal requirements.
Because I have been patient in this matter and waited well beyond the customary 20 business days (29 days, to be precise), I am requesting a reply to my appeal at your earliest convenience.
Please understand this issue will not be forgotten, and I will pursue this matter through whatever necessary legal channels should this appeal continue to be ignored.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via email: email@example.com
Dept MR 24883
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Dear Ms. Lowry:
This responds to your April 19, 2016 e-mail to the Department of the
Interior (“Department”), which was received on April 19, 2016, intending to
file a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) appeal (“appeal”) of the actions
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) took in response to a FOIA
request. The Department has attached a copy of your letter to this
response for your convenience.
Regrettably, the Department is not able to accept your letter for
processing as an appeal at this time, as you did not provide with your
letter all of the documentation that the Department’s FOIA regulations
require a FOIA requester to submit in order to file an appeal. In order
for the Department to accept your letter for processing as an appeal, you
must submit copies of all correspondence between you and the FWS related to
your FOIA request, including a copy of the original FOIA request that you
submitted and the FWS response to the request. *See 43 C.F.R. § 2.59(b) *(copy
attached). Since you did not include a copy of the FOIA response to the
request with your April 19, 2016 e-mail*,* the Department cannot accept
this matter for processing as an appeal.
Within 20 workdays from the date of this letter, please provide the FOIA
Appeals Office with a copy of all correspondence between you and the FWS
related to your FOIA request, including your original FOIA request and the
FWS’s response to the request. If the FOIA Appeals Office does not receive
all of this documentation from you within the 20 workday time frame, it
will not consider your April 19, 2016 letter for processing as an appeal.
You may send the documentation via e-mail to FOIA.Appeals@sol.doi.gov, fax
at (202) 208-6677, or you may mail it to the following address:
FOIA & Privacy Act Appeals Office
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W. - Mail Stop 6556
Washington, D.C. 20240
If you have any questions regarding this letter, please call Cathy Willis
Darrell R. Strayhorn
FOIA & Privacy Act Appeals Officer
Department of the Interior